Bondage Knots: square knot | tutorial for beginners

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The square knot - twisted ends of rope forming a square shape

This is the most commonly used knot, useful for tying packages, the shoelaces, and your sub.

We will not use this knot for tying somebody directly, but it will be used for fastening other bindings. Even if everybody knows it, as many people does it wrong, we will explain it again.

Twist one rope over the other (or one end of a rope over the other end of the same rope)

square knot

And then twist back, forming two interlaced loops.

This, as most knots, works because the rope passes twice by the same loop in opposite directions, and both segments are pressed one against the other when the loop tightens.

So, note the rope that leaves the lower twist on the upper side enters the upper twist also over (and not under) the other rope. (Follow the blue rope).

square knot

Be careful, because if you get that step wrong, you will finish just with two twisted ropes, not a knot. This one is called sometimes “granny’s knot” and it is no knot at all. It will slide until untying itself.

square knot

Tighten by pulling by the loose ends (and note how the loops tighten over two segments which run in opposite directions)

square knot


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